Self-Compassion Practice Journaling Prompts

June 14, 2021

Need some love and kindness?

We all do, especially when we’re going through difficult experiences in life. I believe that it is super important to care for yourself everyday, so it is a tad bit easier when you desperately need it. In hopes to inspire you, here is a list of 20 journaling prompts to boost your self-compassion practice! Which of these self-compassion practice journaling prompts will you try first?

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Everyday Self-Compassion Journaling Prompts

  1. Write about 3 or more things that let you know it is time to rest your mind and body.
  2. Write a letter to yourself about why it is so important to take time for yourself, especially when it becomes clear that you really need it.
  3. If a friend or loved one were struggling with a similar situation, what advice would you give them? Consider what you would say and how you would say it. Sometimes, writing out a pretend dialogue helps.
  4. What is one thing that you could remove from your everyday schedule to make more space for rest and self-care?
  5. List 5 or more ideas of ways you could balance work and responsibility with rest and play.
  6. Write about 1 new thing you are interested in learning/trying to encourage your self-compassion practices.
  7. Consider what your inner critic is trying to help you with. Is there a kinder way to speak to yourself?
  8. Which gestures or physical movements feel comforting to you? Some people find comfort in placing their hand across their heart, giving themselves a hug, practicing tapping (emotional freedom technique/EFT) or resting in a low stimulation environment. Feel free to try these and journal your experiences and/or come up with your own ideas!
  9. What is one thing you can do for yourself in this moment?
  10. What is one thing in your life that feels heavy? Brainstorm ideas to change the way you carry it, including self-care options for when pain is unavoidable.

Grief/Loss Self-Compassion Journaling Prompts

  1. Journal about what you’re really missing and allow yourself to feel all of your emotions.
  2. The hardest time of day/year is…
  3. A comforting memory of my loved one is…
  4. What are some things you can do for yourself when you’re feeling overwhelmed by grief, sadness, anger, etc.?
  5. Write about some of the things that remind you of your grieving process. How might you carry these experiences in a meaningful or compassionate way?
  6. What are your favorite memories of your loved one?
  7. Make a collage using photos, images, stickers, etc. in honor of your loved one.
  8. Write a love letter to your loved one. Tell them about what you miss. Consider alternative ways in which you can provide these things for yourself. Thank them for showing you how to provide these things.
  9. Write about the lessons you’ve learned from your loved one and how these messages can be used to care for yourself and others going forward.
  10. What does grief, anger, sadness, etc. feel like in your body? Consider what an emotion might look like if you imagined and described it in colors, textures, shapes, temperature? What do you need when you’re noticing these feelings showing up?

Interested in learning about how to practice self-compassion using evidence-based therapy skills? If so, you may find this post helpful.

Sending compassion from my heart to yours,


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